CHIPS AHOY! & RITZ Announce AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Tour Tickets On-Sale Nationwide
Ryan Seacrest Gifts Studio Audience with Surprise Tickets on Last Night's Results Show
Ten of the most talented artists to ever hit the AMERICAN IDOL stage are about to hit a concert venue near you when they embark on the AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! tour this summer. Presenting sponsors CHIPS AHOY! & RITZ announced today that as of 10am locally, tickets can be purchased via www.AmericanIdol.com, www.ticketmaster.com and www.aeglive.com. The highly-anticipated 45-city tour kicks off on July 6th in Detroit. Last night, the AMERICAN IDOL studio audience was surprised by Ryan Seacrest when he gifted them with AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Tour tickets to see their favorite Idols on the 2012 summer tour.
This year, audiences get to walk away from an exhilarating show feeling even better about their experience knowing that $1 of every ticket purchased is being donated to The Heart Foundation (www.theheartfoundation.org). The U.S. Air Force Reserve is an associate sponsor of the tour.
AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! and The Heart Foundation announced their partnership at last night's Gala hosted by Ryan Seacrest. For every ticket purchased for the tour, AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! will donate $1 to THE HEART FOUNDATION to support Heart Disease research.
Iain Pirie, President, 19 Entertainment stated, "This season's top 10 has proven to be one of the most talented group of singers to ever take the Idol stage. We are excited for them to hit the road this summer and let fans experience firsthand the incredible talent they witnessed week after week."
The AMERICAN IDOL season finale will air on FOX May 23rd, but the fan-favorites will continue on with the 2012 live tour. Past tours have featured stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and so many more. Log on to AmericanIdol.com for full list of dates and links.
All tickets go on sale May 11th at 10am local time
About CKX, Inc.
CKX, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of globally recognized entertainment content. The Company's current properties include the rights to the name, image and likeness of Muhammad Ali,Elvis Presley and the operations of Graceland. Through its wholly-owned division 19 Entertainment, CKX owns proprietary rights to the IDOLS and So You Think You Can Dance television brands, including the American Idol series inthe United States and local adaptations of the IDOLS and So You Think You Can Dance television show formats which, collectively, air in more than 100 countries, as well as other television properties. Also through 19, CKX has relationships and partnerships with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, James Durban, Casey Abrams, Pia Toscano, Chris Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Jordin Sparks, and Kris Allen, among others. For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at www.CKX.comhttp://www.ckx.com/
About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Wisin & Yandel, Kenny Chesney, P!nk, Enrique Iglesias and Paul McCartney. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace inLas Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain opening in December and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Our exhibition at portfolio boasts the most successful exhibition of all time, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, which has attracted more than 8 million visitors since 2005. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.comhttp://www.aeglive.com/
About Kraft Foods
Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT) is a global snacks powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of brands people love. Proudly marketing delicious biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, grocery products and convenient meals in approximately 170 countries, Kraft Foods had 2011 revenue of $54.4 billion. Twelve of the company's iconic brands – Cadbury,Jacobs, Kraft, LU, Maxwell House, Milka, Nabisco, Oreo, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Tang and Trident – generate revenue of more than $1 billion annually. On Aug. 4, 2011, Kraft Foods announced plans to divide and create two independent public companies: a high-growth global snacks business and a high-margin North American grocery business. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of 2012. A leader in innovation, marketing, health & wellness and sustainability, Kraft Foods is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor's 500, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Ethibel Sustainability Index. Visit www.kraftfoodscompany.comhttp://www.kraftfoodscompany.com
About The Heart Foundation and ONE FOR THE HEART Campaign
Established in 1996 in memory of Steven S. Cohen who lost his life to Sudden Cardiac Death at the age of 35, The Heart Foundation's mission is to save lives by educating the public about heart disease, promoting early detection, and supporting the research of world-renowned cardiologist Dr. P.K. Shah in the quest to find more effective ways to prevent and treat the #1 cause of death in the U.S. American Idol, the #1 television show in the country, partners for the first time with The Heart Foundation's One For The Heart campaign to help fight the #1 cause of death by donating $1 of each ticket sold for the AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Tour this summer toward this cause. For information, call The Heart Foundation at (818) 865-1100 or visit www.TheHeartFoundation.org.
About U.S. Air Force Reserve
President Harry Truman called for the formation of the Air Force Reserve in 1948, just a year after the United States Air Force was formed. Originally, the Reserve was conceived as a "stand by" force for emergencies. But in February 1997, the Air Force Reserve changed from a Field Operating Agency to a Major Command (MAJCOM). Since then, the 71,500-member force has evolved into the Air Force's Wingman, performing the same missions and working side-by-side on the same equipment. The Air Force Reserve is an exciting, vibrant part of the nation's defense. It offers similar benefits afforded to those on active duty, with one major addition: the benefit of time. Time to be with your family, time to work at your civilian career, and time to serve your country. An ideal option for those who have never been in the military and want to participate without being on full-time active duty, the Reserve is also a great way for those in other branches of the military to continue their benefits. Those include educational and retirement programs; starting their civilian careers with the stability of a second paycheck; and continuing the camaraderie and adventure only available through the service. http://www.AFReserve.com andhttp://www.Facebook/USAirForceReserve